This week we are reprinting prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally printed on April 16, 2015.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to examine our hearts before venting frustrations on others. Perhaps then we will all sleep a little better. Amen
Reading: Psalm 4 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. (v. 4)
Let's face it, anger may not be sin but it certainly can lead to sin. This prayer depicts anger springing from anxiety, which proves especially troublesome on sleepless nights. The Psalm suggests that, rather than venting your worry in outbursts against others, you should examine your own heart. Oh, and be silent, too. But, but, but...! No. Examine your heart and be silent. Period.
Still not convinced? Easier said than done? Sure! So jump to verse 8: I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. That certainly is encouraging. Good night. Sleep well. --Ruth Gates
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